John Kelly

ColumnistWashington, D.C.

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Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

  • Jul 23, 2014

When it comes to feeding the birds, humans of a feather flock together.

  • Jul 22, 2014

If you ride a bike in Washington, you should thank Carl Bernstein, scourge of a president, friend to two-wheelers.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Who needs cable TV when you can watch the drama of birds scrapping it out at your backyard bird feeder?

  • Jul 20, 2014

In World War II, thousands of German fighters lived openly in the Washington area: prisoners of war.

  • Jul 19, 2014

When health problems hit local musicians John Jennings and Grace Griffith, friends started singing.

  • Jul 16, 2014

What’s it like being the 7-year-old princess of a made-up country? Maybe a little like this.

  • Jul 15, 2014

Cyclists explain why they sometimes ride on sidewalks. And pedestrians explain why they don’t like it.

  • Jul 14, 2014

From street signs to newspaper comics to graffiti, readers remember how they learned to read.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Why do some trees in Washington bear little metal numbered tags? Answer Man is on it.

  • Jul 12, 2014

What’s the connection between some motherless ducklings and Moss Hollow’s nature study?

  • Jul 9, 2014

What does former Redskin Mike Nelms know about tennis? Enough to make it fun for summer campers.

  • Jul 8, 2014

Cyclists aren’t allowed to ride on the sidewalk in downtown D.C. So how come so many do?

  • Jul 7, 2014

Do you remember the precise moment you were able to read? Exhilarating, wasn’t it?

  • Jul 6, 2014

Virginia’s Fort Hunt hosted everything from massive guns to German POWs to makers of top-secret escape tools.

  • Jul 5, 2014

Where can you find Uncle Sam? In the 1920s, Petworth found him at a home for old soldiers.

  • Jul 2, 2014

Campers and counselors gather for a summer ritual: waiting for the Camp Moss Hollow bus.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Cue the sad trombones: After 64 years, Silver Spring’s Dale Music goes out of business.

  • Jun 30, 2014

To a dog, the elevator must be one of mankind’s freakiest inventions. A room that moves?

  • Jun 29, 2014

A lady and her unicorn are just two sculptural figures vandalized over the years in Washington.

  • Jun 28, 2014

On this bus tour, D.C. visitors don’t get the dry version of history. They get Smokey, the singing tour guide.

  • Jun 25, 2014

Checking in with the O’Leary family, who bedeviled marina owners from the District to California.

  • Jun 24, 2014

Some Moss Hollow campers might hate bugs, but they love Harrison, a counselor who forges a lasting bond.

  • Jun 23, 2014

What’s the best way to get 200 books from London to Washington? No clue, but if you find out, please let me know.

  • Jun 22, 2014

Area residents recall their close encounters of the aristocratic kind, when Britain’s monarchs visited.

  • Jun 21, 2014

When the 29 Diner in Fairfax City closed, fans of the greasy spoon were sad. But it’s coming back.

  • Jun 18, 2014

Everything’s patched up after a tough winter at Camp Moss Hollow.

  • Jun 17, 2014

Does a quintessential Montgomery County suburb deserve its own rap video? Rockville Slim thinks so.

  • Jun 16, 2014

When George Howard went to summer camp, he saw a world beyond his poor D.C. neighborhood.

  • Jun 15, 2014

In 1889, thousands of young authors competed to win a prize from The Washington Post. Here’s the essay of one winner.

  • Jun 15, 2014
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About John
John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. Since then, he's edited Weekend, founded KidsPost and been a general assignment reporter in Metro. John is a graduate of Rockville High School and the University of Maryland and has done journalism fellowships at Harvard and Oxford. He once washed Julia Child's dirty dishes. In his spare time John plays drums in Washington's second-best Monkees cover band.